Art and Experience: Iranian director Majid Barzegar’s “A Very Ordinary Citizen” won the best film award at the 9th Iranian Film Festival of San Francisco, which was held in the U.S. city on September 24 and 25.
The film also brought the best director award to Barzegar and the best actor award to Suren Mnatsakanian.
The film tells the story of Safari, an eighty-year-old man who has lost his wife and is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Safari falls in love with a young woman who helps him arrange a travel to visit his son abroad.
In other categories, the best actress award went to Samira Hassanpur for her role in “Raspberry” while Saman Salur received the award for best screenwriter for his collaboration on the movie.
Moin Karimeddini’s “Atlan” won the best documentary award and “Baher, Her Mind” by Hassan Akhundpur was crowned best short film.
“Amoo Nowruz” by Farkhondeh Torabi was named best animation.
The festival established in 2008 aims to support Iranian films and culture in the Iranian-American community of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.